My first experience with 'twitter' occurred long before social media existed. It was back in the early 1970s long before personal computers, cell phones and the like were even in the average persons vocabulary.
I was exploring the dark woods along the Tuliptree Trail of Rondeau. This trail traverses several woodland pools (sloughs) of various widths along the way. It was getting to be dusk, on a warm evening in early June, and there was no wind. There wasn't even the hum of mosquitoes! But there were twittering sounds coming from all directions. I couldn't see what was making that sound, initially, but when one twitter came from very close range, I turned on my flashlight and there it was.....it was an Eastern Gray Treefrog!
I was reminded of that experience, and numerous ones like that, just the other day when I was exploring a large patch of milkweed looking for butterflies and dragonflies. There, along the path, was a Common Milkweed with a partially curled leaf, and right in the middle was an Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor). Although in this example, one could make a case for it being an Eastern 'Green' Treefrog.
During the night-time hours, especially in late spring and early summer, they will come down to the water with the purpose of attracting and mating with another. It is especially at those times, that the twittering calls are heard through the forest.
A typical woodland pool along the Tuliptree Trail where these treefrogs are often found.
One of the interesting things about this treefrog, besides their fantastic ability to climb, is that they can change colour! The treefrog in the photos above show how it has come close to the colour of the milkweed leaf it is resting on. The colour change may take several hours to complete. This ability enables them to be very well camouflaged, as this next photo shows. Can you see it?
So there you have it....the Eastern Gray Treefrog is one of the original 'twitterers'! It is one of the most amazing experiences to be out in the wetland forest after dark on a quiet, warm night being serenaded by such creatures.......just another awe-inspiring event in the natural world!